hilltop villages, local culture & historic provençal towns

St Rémy & Arles the Romans & Vincent Van Gogh

At the heart of the Alpilles Saint Rémy is one of the must-see places. Lush green perfumed valleys & ancient streets and Arles, wander narrow golden- hued streets that inspired Van Gogh, find the town's lovely restored Roman amphitheatre, top-notch art and history museums. With Roman ruins Arles begins to feel like walking through a living history book.

Pont du Gard, Châteauneuf du Pape

A unique tour that captures the essence of Provence from the Romans to Medieval times includes a visit to the world famous Pont du Gard and historic town of Villeneuve Les Avignon with its connections to to Popes of Avignon. The historic monuments of La Chartreuse & connect with the wineries of Châteauneuf du Pape.

Spectacular hilltop villages of the Luberon

The Luberon is a Provençal patchwork of hilltop villages, vineyards, ancient abbeys and mile after mile of fragrant lavender fields. It’s a rural, traditional region that still makes time for the good things in life. We take in visits to Gordes, Bonnieux and Abbaye Notre Dame de Séneque a classic postcard shot of the medieval abbey surrounded by a sea of purple lavender.

Medieval villages of Les Baux & St Rémy de Provence

Clinging precariously to an ancient limestone rocky spur this fortified hilltop village is one of the most visited in France, narrow cobbled streets wind past old houses, up to a splendid ruined castle. Next St-Rémy as cultured and chi-chi as Provence gets, yet manages to cling on to its heart and soul. Honey-coloured stone houses & shaded squares lined by cafes.

The Gorge du Verdon & Moustiers St Marie

From the Provençal village of Moustiers fixed to the hillside and jaw-dropping drama of Gorges du Verdon. The ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’ slices a 25km swath through Haute-Provence’s plateau all the way to the foothills of the Alps. Etched out over millions of years by the Verdon River with their sheer, plunging cliffs – in some places 700m high.